Kirby Sigston

Kirby Sigston is a village and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England, approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Northallerton.[1] The village is situated on Cod Beck,[2] and the wider parish contains the hamlet of Jeater Houses[3] due east of the village on the trunk A19 road.[4] The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as having 75 ploughlands, and its name derives from a combination of the Old Norse Kirkju-býr (a village with a church) and Sigges tūn ( Sigge's farmstead or settlement).[5] Sigston is also the name of a village nearby.[6]

Manor House, Kirby Sigston
St Lawrence's Church, Kirby Sigston
Sigston Castle; only earthworks remain

During the 14th century the parish was part of a huge deer park and hunting area on the eastern side of what is now known as the Vale of Mowbray.[7] A deserted medieval village (DMV) lies to the south of the church.[8]

The population taken at the 2011 Census was fewer than 100, so details are included in the civil parish of Winton, Stank and Hallikeld.[9] North Yorkshire County Council estimated the population of the village in 2015 to be 100 people, an increase of ten since the 2011 census.[10] The village has never had a shop, post office or pub, and its school, which opened in 1846 and would have taken around 35 pupils, closed down in 1944.[11][12]

To the north is the site of Sigston Castle, a fourteenth-century quadrangular castle, surrounded by a now largely dry moat.[13][14] South of Sigston Castle, near the grade II listed Manor House,[15] is St Lawrence’s church.[11] The church is largely Norman but the tower was renovated in the 18th century.[16] The grade I listed church is decorated with carvings of dragons, which Pevsner states shows the Danish influence in the area.[17]

Kirby Sigston is referred to in The Mountain Goats' song "Going to Kirby Sigston".[18]

Notable residentsEdit

The Conservative MP for Richmond (Yorks), Rishi Sunak, since 2020 UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, currently lives in Kirby Sigston, as well as 11 Downing Street.[19]


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  4. ^ "302" (Map). Northallerton & Thirsk. 1:25,000. Explorer. Ordnance Survey. 2015. ISBN 978-0-319-24554-5.
  5. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 279, 422. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
  6. ^ Mills, A D (2011). A Dictionary of British place-names. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 281. ISBN 9780199609086.
  7. ^ National Character Area Profile 24: Vale of Mowbray. Natural Engand. 2015. p. 11. ISBN 978-1-84754-301-1.
  8. ^ "Beresford's Lost Villages :: Site detail :: Sigston, Kirby". Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  9. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Winton, Stank and Hallikeld Parish (E04007299)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  10. ^ "2015 Population Estimates Parishes" (PDF). December 2016. p. 11. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  11. ^ a b "St Lawrence - Kirby Sigston". Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Golden anniversary can put Sigston on the map". The Northern Echo. 8 June 2004. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  13. ^ Historic England. "Sigston Castle: an enclosure castle 400m north of Kirby Sigston church (1008207)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  14. ^ Pettifer, Adrian (1995). English castles : a guide by counties. Woodbridge: Boydell Press. p. 301. ISBN 0-85115-600-2.
  15. ^ Historic England. "The Manor House  (Grade II) (1294735)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  16. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Lawrence  (Grade I) (1150888)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  17. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (2002). Yorkshire, the North Riding. London: Yale University Press. p. 212. ISBN 0-300-09665-8.
  18. ^ Chapman, Hannah (27 August 2007). "US band helps put North Yorkshire village on the map". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  19. ^ Copeland, Alexa (31 October 2017). "Residents celebrate anniversary of vital village hall refurbishment". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 31 October 2019.

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Coordinates: 54°21′N 1°21′W / 54.350°N 1.350°W / 54.350; -1.350